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About us

Centre for the Study of European Contract Law

The Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) is a leading international research centre on European private law.

CSECL forms part of the University of Amsterdam’s Research Priority Area ‘Private and Public European Law’.


Originally founded as a research centre specifically for European contract law, today its researchers specialise in the private law aspects of a variety of legal fields. These include European consumer protection law, environmental law, financial law, fundamental rights, housing law, insolvency law, labour law, property law, private international law, and dispute resolution.

CSECL members strive to make their work societally relevant providing information and advice to national and European lawmakers.


CSECL members collaborate nationally and internationally through variety of research groups, networks and projects, such as:

  • Law and Justice Across Borders 
  • the Common Core Project (‘Trento project’)
  • the network on Private Law Theory
  • the Ius Commune Research School

CSECL seminar series

The CSECL seminar series consist of:

  • Bi-weekly paper presentations by invited leading scholars from across the world
  • Internal presentation and discussion of work in progress of one of the group members
  • Monthly lunch meetings dedicated to the discussion of recent developments in legislation, case law and literature

The bi-weekly seminars are public and attendance is possible after registration.


CSECL members teach the majority of courses in the UvA master’s programme in European Private Law, and encourage students to participate in the Centre’s seminars, workshops and, when possible, research.

The new minor programme Law and Justice in the European Union helps Bachelor's students to boost their learning of the law in its political and economic contexts, as well as their ability to read, listen, write and argue in English about legal issues.